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See the below link to Dr Elliott talking about the new Health Hub
The two Practices have now met, through Lewes District Council (LDC) the new architects (ADP) on a few occasions and we have now also met the developers, Kier. We are all continuing to explore options re the new premises, taking into account the huge amount of feedback received at the public consultation events in January and subsequently.
Dr Carolyn Turner (Old School Surgery) and Phil Abbott (Seaford Medical Practice) visited a health hub in Kentish Town, London, this week to get some ideas of what might work well. The visit was very helpful.
The two Practices are seeking some high level thoughts and ideas from their Patient Participation Groups regarding the layout and features for the new Health Hub and will feed these into the early discussions with the architects and developers.
Our latest understanding on timescales is for a further LDC public consultation event in early autumn and LDC looking to go for planning permission later in autumn. The public consultation event will include feedback from transport and traffic flow studies, the proposed building design and layout and will include a number of changes from the initial consultation driven by the public feedback received. The process (including timescales) is being led by LDC.
Final News Release issued February 6
Hundreds Attend Public Exhibition for Seaford Health Hub Proposals
A public exhibition about the proposal to develop a new health hub in Seaford was attended by some 1244 people.
The exhibition, which was held on January 29 and 30 at Downs Leisure Centre, gave Seaford residents the opportunity to learn more about the proposal, ask questions and share their views.
According to the feedback submitted by visitors at the events, the majority (78%) of people felt that the exhibition helped them to understand what was being proposed for the new health facility. Those who were unable to attend can view the exhibition online and leave feedback until February 11 at lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/SeafordHealthHub
The next steps will be to look at the feedback in greater depth and to develop more detailed designs for scheme. Further work will be carried out on parking requirements, the provision of public transport and traffic management. There will be an opportunity for the public to view and comment on the detailed plans before a planning application is submitted later this year.
The health hub has been proposed in response to Seaford’s growing population and increasing demands on the town’s GP services. Old School Surgery and Seaford Medical Practice both urgently need more space and have been looking for some considerable time for alternative premises. The Downs Leisure Centre has been identified as the only suitable site in the town.
Speaking on behalf of both GP practices, Dr Raj Chandarana from Old School Surgery said: “The move will enable us to meet the urgent current health needs of residents, provide for the future growth of Seaford and enable new services to be provided to the population of Seaford as an integrated care system.”
Councillor Andy Smith, Leader of Lewes District Council, said: “We were delighted with the turnout at the exhibition and are very grateful for the constructive feedback from Seaford residents. This is a ground-breaking scheme and will make a real difference to the future provision of healthcare in Seaford.
For further information and updates please visit lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/SeafordHealthHub